Denver Broncos: Surprise Stars of Training Camp

Sarah Marshall@SBMarshallBUContributor IAugust 13, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 09: Josh McCown #12 of the Chicago Bears is sacked by Derek Wolfe #95 and Mitch Unrein #96 of the Denver Broncos during a preseason game at Soldier Field on August 9, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Every year, there are the expected stars of training camp. For example, this year Peyton Manning would be the star and fans would also be interested in Von Miller and the improved defensive line for the Denver Broncos. But there are also unexpected—and surprising—football stars who make their first impression in training camp. 


Derek Wolfe

John Elway must have known what he was in for when he selected Wolfe in the second round of this year's NFL draft. Wolfe participated in first-team reps during practice and training camp and has also seen reps at defensive end.

In the first preseason game against Chicago, Wolfe finished with two sacks and three tackles, all for a loss


Brock Osweiler

Although Osweiler is unlikely to see any regular-season play if Manning stays healthy, he's been a surprise hit during training camp. Osweiler has a great arm and throwing motion, at one point throwing faster than Manning. He's also got a height advantage that will help him succeed in the NFL.

America and Denver Broncos fans everywhere got a glimpse of his raw talent Thursday night, when Osweiler threw four completions for 38 yards and a touchdown in his NFL debut. 


Danny Trevathan

Trevathan was drafted in the sixth round of this year's draft as an outside linebacker. Trevathan got first-team reps and has been a constant, aggressive power throughout training camp. In fact, he has been getting reps ahead of Wesley Woodyard. Although Trevathan is still nursing an injury sustained during the NFL combine, his speed and power will get better as the injury heals and he matures as an NFL linebacker. 

With the first preseason game out of the way, these players have jumped out as the surprise stars of training camp. With time and more reps, they can only get better. Go Broncos!